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SCIENCE FESTIVAL KEYNOTE LECTURE - LORD REES, ASTRONOMER ROYAL

19 May 2019 6:30pm

Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal.

In this Keynote Lecture, Martin Rees will discuss themes from his recent book. Our Earth has existed for 45 million centuries but this is the first when one species - ours - has the planet's future in its hands. Advances in bio and cyber technology, and robotics could empower us to boost the developing world and overcome the threats humanity faces. At the same time, further advances in space science will allow humans to explore the solar system and beyond with robots and Artificial Intelligence. But there is no "Planet B" for our home planet if we do not care for it.

Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. He is based at Cambridge University where he is a Fellow (and Former Master) of Trinity College. After short spells in the US and at Sussex University, he has held a series of posts at Cambridge. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10. He is a member of several foreign academies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, and the Japan Academy. His awards include the Balzan Prize, the Crafoord Prize of the Swedish Academy, and the Templeton Prize.

In addition to his research publications, he has written extensively for a general readership both about astronomy and about long-term global issues the pressures that a growing and more demanding population are placing on environment, sustainability and biodiversity; and the impact of powerful new technologies. His ten books include 'Before the beginning', 'Just Six Numbers', 'Our Cosmic Habitat', and 'Our Final Century' and the recently-published, 'On the Future: Prospects for Humanity'.

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